Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Jurors are ready to hear opening statements in the second trial of a former Michigan state trooper who is blamed for the death of a Detroit teen on an all-terrain vehicle. Mark Bessner’s first trial last fall ended without a verdict. He’s charged with second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes in 2017. Opening statements are set for Wednesday. Bessner shot Grimes with a Taser from a moving patrol car. Grimes crashed the ATV and died.
L’ANSE, Mich. (AP) — State regulators say a power plant in the Upper Peninsula can burn fuel pellets to make electricity. The Daily Mining Gazette says the pellets are made from paper, cardboard and plastics. They’ll be burned at the L’Anse Warden Electric plant in Baraga County, which supplies electricity to DTE Energy. The Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit at the end of March with some conditions. The power plant will not be allowed to burn pellets and scrap tires at the same time.
DETROIT (AP) — Two people have pleaded guilty to corruption in Detroit’s home demolition program, the first convictions in an investigation of a multimillion-dollar effort to get rid of widespread blight. Anthony DaGuanno says he rigged bids for a subcontractor in exchange for more than $372,000. He was working for Adamo Group, a contractor. Detroit is spending millions of dollars in federal money to eliminate thousands of abandoned homes. Another former Adamo employee, Aradondo Haskins, also pleaded guilty.
FRASER, Mich. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against three companies in connection with a sewer line collapse north of Detroit that cost $75 million to repair. Officials say the Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District lawsuit was filed Tuesday and seeks to recoup losses from the Christmas Eve 2016 collapse in Fraser. The broken line along 15 Mile Road caused a football field-sized sinkhole. Three houses had to be condemned and the major road closed.